June 2nd, 2015 – Boko Haram Attack: Bomb Explosion Killed 50 At Meat Market In Maiduguri Borno State
Another explosion has been reported in a busy meat market in Maiduguri.
According to eyewitnesses, a bomb concealed under a butcher’s table at a popular meat shop around 1pm Nigerian time killed 50 shoppers and travellers.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the latest explosion, which follows two bomb attacks over the weekend that killed at least 30 people and bore the hallmarks of militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
The group, which new President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to crush, has killed thousands of people and displaced around 1.5 million in its bid to establish an Islamic caliphate in the northeast of Africa’s biggest economy and top oil exporter.
Lawal Kawu, a paramedic, said 31 charred bodies had been evacuated to the teaching hospital in Maiduguri, and several other people were brought in with severe injuries.
Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion.
“It shook our school building and I had to run away. I saw military vehicles with soldiers moving toward the area,” Abubakar Mohammed, a college student few meters away from the blast scene told Reuters.
The group is showing a return to its guerrilla tactics since losing the territory it gained in 2014 after successful offensives by Chadian, Nigerien and Nigerian troops over the past few months.
It maintains a last stronghold in the Sambisa forest reserve.